You may call it a hoagie, a grinder or a sub, but if it involves fresh baked bread stuffed with meats, cheese and veggies, Phantom calls it delicious. These are the 8 Greatest places to sink your teeth into a sandwich.
Kicking of the Great 8 is Oliva's in Milford. This old school, family-run shop is the kind of place where the staff knows their customers by name, and more importantly, they know how to make some incredible sandwiches. Though it's hard to go wrong when you order here, Oliva's signature is the so-called "BOG" Sandwich aka the "Babe Olivia Grinder." Featuring salami, mortadella, and hot ham for just four bucks, the BOG makes for a killer meal deal.
Mousie's Deli in Warwick, Rhode Island is a no-frills spot that takes their sandwiches seriously. Some customers love the quality meats and melted cheeses, while others are in awe of their massive size. The unique thing about these sandwiches is the way they're prepared: in a hand-cranked steamer original to the restaurant's opening over 35 years ago. It melts the cheese all into the meats. Once you get a bite of these steamy beauties, you're sure to be hooked.
Newbury Street, Boston
Another Great 8 winner is Wichit. Located on Boston's Newbury Street, Wichit is a cool and cozy eatery serving luxury sandwiches at prices anyone can afford. Combinations include New York strip steak with melted Swiss and caramelized onions, fire grilled pears with brie and dried cranberries, and tempura chicken with sweet potato. It's s all sandwiches all the time, because owner Chris Young thinks they're the perfect food.
Kelly's Roast Beef
From their birthplace on Revere Beach, to their outposts in Saugus, Natick, Danvers, and Medford, Kelly's Roast Beef has become one of the biggest names in Boston sandwich history. Since they invented the roast beef sandwich back in 1951, you can trust they know how to make it right - slow roasting and slicing each one to order before it's topped with Kelly's tangy barbecue sauce and stuffed inside a toasted bun.
Roy's Cold Cuts
Roy's Cold Cuts in East Boston is a small shop covered in Rock n Roll memorabilia, but it's their sandwiches that should be in the Hall of Fame. There's the Meatball Parm Deluxe, stuffed with shredded pepperoni and melted mozzarella, along with The Godfather - packed and stacked with a crispy chicken cutlet, parma prosciutto, roasted peppers, and tomato. But the must order, if you can even pronounce it, is the peppa-chedda-turka-chini, made with oven roasted turkey, Caesar dressing, pepperoni, cheddar cheese and pepperoncini.
Frigo's Gourmet Foods
Another Great 8 winner is Frigo's Gourmet Foods in Springfield, Mass. This Italian superstore is a neighborhood grocery, butcher shop, bakery, and deli all rolled into one. While everything is tasty, Frigo's is best known for their outstanding grinders served on fresh, crusty Vienna rolls. Phantom especially enjoys the Carnivore, filled with as much meat as you could imagine: 8 ounces of roast beef, bacon, sharp cheddar and horseradish sauce, loaded onto half a Vienna loaf.
The Sandwich Hut
The Sandwich Hut in Providence has been slicing and serving some of the region's biggest and best sandwiches since 1963. Some favorites include the Alitalia loaded up with top quality Italian meats and cheeses and the MTP with fresh mozzarella, tomato and pesto. But the tried and true sandwich has to be the meatball sub, made from an old family recipe.
Rounding out the Great 8 is Firebrand Saints in Kendall Square, Cambridge. Innovative options include the Porchetta Sandwich piled high with thick cut pork and plenty of crispy skin, on grilled country bread. Then there's the Slow Roasted Beef "French Dip", which is dunked in au jus and topped with a thick slice of melted Vermont Cheddar, quickly melted with a blow torch, so that the beef stays rare as possible.
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